University of Colorado Denver Business School

Denver, Colorado

Creating a space that engages students and fosters 21st Century collaboration—providing students and local businesses with a modern competitive advantage.


University of Colorado Denver

Project Size

155,136 gsf

Building Performance

Certified LEED-CS Gold

Professional Services

Interior Design
Landscape Architecture
Lighting Design

The University of Colorado made a landmark decision when creating their new Business School. Instead of finding land and building a new, ground up facility, they purchased an existing office building built in the early 1980s at 1475 Lawrence Street. This location is both close to the UCD campus and integrated with the downtown business community. The new Business School allowed the school to consolidate resources into one location, which is now a sustainable LEED Gold building.

RNL created a design for the space that has resulted in providing better opportunities for students, faculty and businesses to engage and collaborate with each other. Additionally, the space provides providing students with practical real-world and gives local businesses access to new innovative research
and ideas.

Perhaps the most notable space is the incubator area. Created for start-up companies fostered through the Business School, this space provides the latest technologies to facilitate 21st Century collaboration – giving students and companies the competitive advantage required to succeed in the modern business market. Other spaces include more collaborative layouts and fully integrated technologies in the classroom. The student commons areas include breakout spaces, exterior context images, and concepts for the main building lobby showcasing a new three story connecting staircase – allowing greater flexibility for circulation of students and faculty.